We are cordially invited to attend the event we have been waiting for--Jake and Abby's destination wedding. Along the way there is sadness, humor, romance, and steam. Jake and Abby have been so good together since we met them in Music of the Heart. Abby pulled Jake from a dark place and continues to be his Angel.
(Quote)I didn’t care if she bossed me around for the next fifty years just as long as she was in my life. I’d never imagined loving anyone as much as I did Abby. Without flinching, she had reached into the very darkest places of my soul to bring me back to the light. She’d shown me what the true, unfailing love of a good woman was. I would be forever in her debt.
We go on their honeymoon and the beginning of their married lives together. They are young, successful, share a love of music and performing, have great friends, smoking chemistry, and a good rapport. They are living their dreams together. But just because they are committed and married does not mean that their future is always going to be easy. They have diverging life scripts at times and both have some different needs and insecurities. Their lives are good, but Abby still has a longing for something more and Jake still resists for his own reasons. And situations occur that cause fear, mistrust, misunderstandings, and pain. There are plot twists, difficult issues, and challenges that these two have to navigate and they are not always easily resolved.
Abby and Jake really have to face their insecurities and fears in order to find common ground at times. Jake has a lot of emotional baggage still lurking under the surface and Abby is fearful she will not be able to have the one thing her heart truly desires. They may not have been a couple that argued a lot normally, but they differ on some big issues. And even when things seem to be heading in the right direction, roadblocks and potholes can change their direction quickly.
“I’m no good for her.”~Jake
“That’s not true, Jake. Abby loves you with all her heart and soul.”~Mia
“Sometimes I think I’m a curse for her.”
This was an emotional journey. It really showed the maturing of Jake and Abby and their relationship. Their relationship shifted at times on who was giving and who was taking and they had to strike a balance. My heart literally broke for each of them at various times. So much happened that I do not think Katie would have been able to give us this much detail and emotion if the story had been built into the background of one of the other full books. This novella really bridges the gap between Beat of the Heart (AJ's story) and the upcoming Strings of the Heart (Rhys' story). Even though Rhys was not that big a part of this novella, there is teasing for his upcoming story and we see what happens to the other couples during the time period between the two books. I am totally interested in his story and can see all kinds of drama unfolding.
I really loved this one even more than I thought I would. It packed so much in and had my emotions all over the place! There are so many life events, not just for Jake and Abby, but for the rest of the band as well. This one had some joy, sweetness, romance, drama, tension, steaminess, and pain. I cried from being happy at times and just heartbroken or emotional at others. There were times that I literally gasped out loud(I think I even cursed at my kindle). My heart was beat up and bruised a bit. But there were also times of humor and playfulness as well.
I loved getting more of the boys of the band and Rhys, AJ, Brayden, and their sassy women Mia and Lily. The friendship, love, and humor between these characters make me smile and laugh out loud. Even though I wanted to smack Jake at times during this one, it also made me remember how much I really do like him. He can be an a**hat, but can also be sweet, romantic, and protective. He really had a lot of soul searching to do in this one. I love him and Abby together and was rooting for their happiness the whole time. And I still adore...yes, adore AJ. He cracks me up and I love seeing him with his "girls". Rhys also had me laughing as he is the last man standing alone beside all of his domesticated band mates. And the women are tough and feisty, but also so caring and nurturing to all of the guys. I really enjoy spending time with them and I love how closely tied they all are. They support, they love, they fight, but they stay together and are a family. I cannot wait for more of the whole crew and Rhys' story in Strings of the Heart.
When you fell into my life, I was shattered beyond repair
But as the shining angel of redemption, you didn’t seem to care
While the tempest swirled around me, you led me to solid ground
You’re the purest, deepest love a man like me has ever found.
There is a fire that burns within me that only you can ignite
You’re the light that fills my soul in the darkest, bleakest night
You’re the balm that cures the wound; the life-line in the storm.
You are the song of my heart, the music of my soul